Sarah K. Peterson's Experience

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Speaking Engagements & Media

Media

The Feds Had Their Turn. Time for State-Based Visas?, Bloomberg , May 12, 2017

Immigrant Nurses: Filling the Next U.S. Shortage, U.S. News & World Report, March 29, 2017

Rural health providers in Minnesota, elsewhere fear fallout from suspension of visas for immigrant doctors, Star Tribune, March 27, 2017

How Foreign Health Providers Impact U.S. Health Care, U.S. News & World Report, March 22, 2017

 

Speaking Engagements

Responding to H-1B RFE’s Raising “Level I Wage” Issues, AILA National Audio Seminar, August 31, 2017

DOL Open Forum, 2017 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law, New Orleans, LA, June 21-24, 2017

Arguing for H-1B Cap Exemptions, 2017 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law, New Orleans, LA, June 21-24, 2017

Making PERM Great Again!, 2017 Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference, Brooklyn Center, MN, May 19, 2017

Labor & Employment Law:  Who Trumps in the Workplace Under Current Immigration Law?, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN, April 24, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Open Forum, 2017 AILA Spring Conference: Immigration and the New Administration, Washington, D.C., April 7th, 2017

Top PERM Issues in 2017, Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, IL, March 13, 2017

Finally a New PERM?, AILA Midwinter Conference, St. Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, January 20, 2017

Did They Leave Us a Parting Gift – The Changes Brought by the High Skilled Non-immigrant Rule and How They Affect Your Clients, MN/DAK Chapter of AILA, Minneapolis, MN, January 13, 2017

Permanent Labor Certification Program (PERM) Modernization – Current Adjudication Trends and Anticipated Changes, Practising Law Institute, 49th Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute, New York NY December 7th, 2016

PERM for Physicians, Physician Immigration Law Institute Advanced Issues for J-1 Physician Employers and Practitioners, Washington, DC, December 5, 2016

PERM Roundtable, Physician Immigration Law Institute Advanced Issues for J-1 Physician Employers and Practitioners, Washington, DC, December 4, 2016

The 212(d)(3) Waiver for Nonimmigrant Applicants, Wine and CLE: Fermenting a Consular Practice, Santiago, Chile, November 16, 2016

PERM in 2016 – The Present and the Future, 2016 AILA Colorado Rocky Mountain Immigration Law Conference, Denver, CO, October 13, 2016

Predicting and Preventing PERM Problems, 2016 AILA Advanced Business and Removal Issues Conference, New York, NY, October 10, 2016

Hot Topics Presented by AILA & AIC Leadership, Ohio AILA Annual Fall CLE Conference, Columbus, OH, October 7, 2016

PERM and the Modern Worker – Roving and Virtual Offices, Travel, Telecommuting, and Employee Incentives, Ohio AILA Annual Fall CLE Conference, Columbus, Ohio, October 7, 2016

Nonimmigrant Visa Case Scenarios, IA-NE AILA 2016 Conference, Omaha, NE, September 16, 2016

Immigrant Visa Case Scenarios, IA-NE AILA 2016 Conference, Omaha, NE, September 16, 2016

Legal Concepts Involved in Preparing an H-1B Petition, 2016 AILA Paralegals Conference, New Orleans, LA August 5, 2016

H-1B and L-1 Practicum, 2016 AILA Paralegals Conference, New Orleans, LA August 5, 2016

DOL Open Forum, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, June 2016

“Challenging” Prevailing Wage Issues, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, June 2016

Academic, Non-Profit & Medical Center PERM Strategies, Council for Global Immigration 2016 Symposium, Washington, DC, June 20, 2016

PERM – does a Decade Make a Difference? AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 13, 2016

PERM Challenges in a New Age, AILA Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, IL, March 14, 2016

IMGs—Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Issues, AILA Web Seminar, December 8, 2015

H-1B Office Moves After April 9, 2015 Simeio Solutions LLC Ruling, MN/DAK Chapter of AILA, Minneapolis, MN, September 22, 2015

Prevailing Wage Issues, American Immigration Lawyers Association’s 2015 PERM Conference, Miami, FL, August 2015

Employment-Based Immigrant Visas, Part I, Overview of Preference Categories and Introduction to PERM, American Immigration Lawyers Association’s 2015 Fundamentals of Immigration Law Conference, Miami, FL, August 2015

Arguing H-1B Cap Exemptions – Is Your Client “Affiliated?,” American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Annual Conference, National Harbor, MD, June 2015

Surfing Through the Shark Filled H-1B Waters, 2015 AILA Mid-year/Winter CLE Conference, Maui, HI, January 30, 2015

PNIW and PERM, International Medical Graduate Task Force Physician Immigration Law Institute CLE, Washington, DC, November 13 – 14, 2014

Adjustment of Status, AILA 2014 Fundamentals of Immigration Law Conference, New Orleans, LA, October 16-17, 2014

Consular Processing, AILA 2014 Fundamentals of Immigration Law Conference, New Orleans, LA, October 16-17, 2014

Hot Topics and Best Practices in PERM, Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, Minneapolis, MN, September 11, 2014

Occupation-specific drafting tips for ETA-9089, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Annual Conference, Boston, MA, June 2014

Employment-based RFEs – Avoid When You Can – Attack When You Don’t, 2014 Upper Midwest Immigration Conference, St Paul, MN, May 9, 2014

H-1B RFE’s – RFE Trends and Practice Tips on Avoiding and Responding to RFE’s, Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, Minneapolis, MN, April 29, 2014

PERM & BALCA Updates, 2014 Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, IL, March 14, 2014

Service Center Practice & Strategy, 11th Annual AILA New England Immigration Law Conference, Boston, MA, March 7, 2014

Reconsideration, Appeals, and BALCA, 2013 AILA PERM Conference, Chicago, IL, August 19, 2013

Dancing Your Way to PERM Approval in Light of BALCA Case Law and Audit Trends, 2013 Upper Midwest Immigration Conference, St Paul, MN, April 19, 2013

Rolling the Dice: Preparing for Cap-Subject H-1B Petition Season, American Immigration Lawyers Association MN/Dakotas Chapter CLE, February 2013

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours, Adjustment of Status, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, June 2012

Understanding Various Immigration Programs, Ohio Association of Community Health Centers Fall Conference, Dublin, OH, October 12, 2011

Drafting Requirements for PERM – Part I: EducationAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, June, 2011

The Land of RFE’s: Finding the Yellow Brick Road Through Hs, Ls, and RFE’s2011 Upper Midwest Immigration Conference, St. Paul, MN, April 15, 2011

Labor Certifications: Best Practices, Advanced Immigration Law 2010, New Developments in Immigration Practice, Minnesota State Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN, December 15, 2010

Employment-Based Immigration2010 Upper Midwest Immigration Conference, Bloomington, MN, May 6, 2010

O-1s for Extraordinary Scientists and Business Persons, American Immigration Lawyers Association, National web seminar, October 10, 2009

U.S. Immigration, Golden Valley Rotary Club, March 11, 2008

Employer ComplianceImmigration Law & Employer Compliance Seminar, Sterling Education Services, Minneapolis MN, February 13, 2008

Challenges, Barriers and Solutions of Immigration, League of Women Voters, West Metro Alliance, November 10, 2007 (co-presenter with Denise M. Frazier, St. Paul Field Office Director, Department of Homeland Security and Nathan Wolf, Consul de Mexico)

Surviving the Cap – H-1B Strategies for the next fiscal year, AILA MN/Dakotas Chapter CLE, March 2007

Publications

Arguing H-1B Cap Exemptions—Is Your Client “Affiliated?, Amy Erlbacher-Anderson, Sarah Peterson Stensrud, and Jennifer Minear, Immigration Practice Pointers, Trips for Handling Complex Cases, AILA, 2015-16 Edition

Occupational Challenges When Completing Form ETA 9089, Alex Dgebuadze, Susan MacLean, and Sarah Peterson Stensrud, Immigration Tips for Handling Complex Cases, AILA, 2014-15 Edition

The Legacy of Kutty: Does Kutty Change Who is Responsible For Paying H-1B Attorney Fees?, Sarah K. Peterson Stensrud, The Physician Immigration Book, 2011-2012 Edition

The Social Security “No Match” Regulation, Sarah K. Peterson Stensrud, Hearsay, Winter 2007, Volume IX, No. 2

What Does It Mean To Be Admitted To The United States?, Journal of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters, Vol. 13, No. 4, Winter 2006-07

Professional Activities

  • Elected Director, American Immigration Lawyers Association Board of Governors, June 2012-present
  • AILA DOL Liaison Committee Chair, 2017-present
  • AILA DOL Liaison Committee Vice Chair, PERM/H-1B, 2016-2017
  • AILA DOL Liaison Committee, 2015-present
  • AILA HealthCare Professional / Physicians Committee, 2012-2017
  • Chair, AILA HealthCare Professional / Physicians Committee, 2014-2015 (Vice-Chair, 2013-2014, Committee member 2012-2013; )
  • AILA California Service Center Liaison Committee, 2013-2014
  • AILA Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee, 2010-2012
  • Chair, MN/DAK Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2009-2010; (Immediate Past Chair, 2010-2011; Vice-Chair, 2008-2009; Treasurer, 2007-2008)
  • Minnesota Justice Foundation’s Law School Public Service Program

Community Involvement

  • Member, Public Policy Committee, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, 2013-present

Awards

  • HRE and Law Dragon, named one of the nation’s top corporate employment attorneys, 2016, 2017
  • International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • 2010 Minnesota Lawyer’s Up and Coming Attorney

Education

Juris Doctor (JD), cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN, May 2005

Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.), Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Minneapolis, MN, June 2007

Intermediate French Language Studies, Foreign Language Area Studies Fellow (FLAS), Université de Savoie, Chambéry, France, Summer 2003

Bachelor of Art, Magna Cum Laude & Honors program graduate, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN, June 1998

International Affairs Studies, Vesalius College, Brussels, Belgium, July 1996 – August 1997

Legal Experience

Sarah worked as an Attorney for over eight years at the prominent immigration firm Aronson & Associates, PA. Sarah worked primarily with healthcare organizations, physicians, researchers, start-ups, and high tech companies.

Bar Admissions

State of Minnesota